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Challenges & Rewards: A Gameplan

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lately, I've been very focused on small weight-loss goals. I keep aiming to lose just 5 or 10 lbs. to start, knowing that I want to ultimately lose a lot more. While I find great comfort in knowing that all the little bits of weight loss will add up to my ultimate goal, I also find it easy to fall off track. I end up losing and re-gaining the same few lbs. At one point, I was down TWENTY lbs. from my all-time high of 250. But a combination of the holidays and not trying left me at 243+ recently. Today, I weighed in at about 237+, which is an improvement, but it's disheartening to know that the next 7 lbs. are not bringing me closer to my goal than I was before. Why am I allowing myself to lose and re-lose the same few lbs., instead of losing MORE?

To help break the cycle, I've broken down my weight-loss hopes into manageable chunks and paired them with rewards and challenges. I want to reward myself to acknowledge my hard work, but also to continually challenge myself to push further.


Challenges & Rewards, By Weight Loss

230 lbs.
Down 20 lbs. from my highest!
CHALLENGE: No soda or junk food for 3 full days

229 lbs.
In the 220s again!
REWARD: Save $20 for myself

225 lbs.
CHALLENGE: 5 miles straight on the treadmill

220 lbs.
REWARD: Save $20 for myself

219 lbs.
In the 210s again!
CHALLENGE: No soda or junk food for 5 full days

210 lbs.
Down 40 lbs. from my highest!
REWARD: Manicure/pedicure

200 lbs.
CHALLENGE: 10K straight on treadmill

199 lbs.
MAJOR GOAL! Out of the 200s!
REWARD: Great haircut and a new pair of jeans

195 lbs.
CHALLENGE: Run 5K on treadmill

189 lbs.
REWARD: Save $25 for myself

185 lbs.
CHALLENGE: No soda or junk food for a full week!

179 lbs.
REWARD: Save $25 for myself

175 lbs.
CHALLENGE: Improve 1 mile time

165 lbs.
MAJOR GOAL! At this milestone I may choose to maintain--I plan on thinking about how I look and feel
REWARD: Save $25 for myself

159 lbs.
CHALLENGE: Run outdoors

150 lbs.
100 lbs. down!!!

145 lbs.

140 lbs.

135 lbs.
ULTIMATE GOAL! I often dream of being this weight


Since I've opted to go back to school in the evenings and weekends, I will be on a strict budget. Therefore, a bunch of my rewards are actually in the form of saving for bigger rewards... knowing that money is set aside especially to collect for a prize should serve as a great carrot-on-a-stick and remind me not to celebrate TOO much, because I'm not done yet!

I've also been thinking about giving myself some time-based Challenges & Rewards--fitness and diet goals for each week or month with little rewards if I complete them. But that's a blog for another time!

And without further ado, tonight's Virtual Walk Update. Still logging my miles to add up to a fantasy trip to Montreal!

Virtual Walk Update
Miles in this update: 1.25
Miles total: 57.25
Miles to Montreal: 385
Miles to Go: 327.75
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    I was looking for some reward ideas/insight and I like how you laid this out. Great plan. How is it working so far??
    2385 days ago
    What a great plan! I actually found that 5 and 10 pound chunks were too big for me, so my goals are now 3 pounds at a time. I love that you are aiming to save for a bigger prize! Good luck with school.
    2581 days ago
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